12 MAR 2018
Ten RICS members helped raise a record amount to help fight homelessness and poverty, through swapping their warm beds for sleeping bags and sleeping rough.
Chairman of RICS Matrics North East, Puneet Vedhera of Knight Frank along with nine other Matrics committee members braved temperatures that dropped as low as -1C, to take part in the annual CEO Sleepout at St James Park, Newcastle.
Over 140 professionals slept rough for the challenge, and together they raised over £100,000 for various charities and initiatives fighting homelessness – including RICS Pledge150 – which is a new record amount for the annual Sleepout event.
Puneet Vedhera of Knight Frank said: "All RICS Matrics Groups are committed to helping combat homelessness and poverty this year and we were delighted to play our part at the sleepout. Thankfully we only had to experience homelessness and sleeping rough in the cold for one night. We were lucky that we had each other too. Sadly, many homeless people don’t have that option and sleep alone in often life-threatening conditions. We are delighted to have raised much-needed funds that will go towards helping young homeless people, and we’re looking forward to raising further funds throughout the year to help support our most vulnerable."
Launched in our 150th anniversary year, Pledge150 aims to raise funds for LandAid to deliver 150 bed spaces for vulnerable young homeless people across all 12 UK regions by December 2018. All those working in the built enviroment are encouraged to help fundraise to ensure more young homeless people can have a place to call home.